Black Desert’s new Shai class (and her donkey!) has officially launched today

    
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If you rolled a Shai during her preview week in Black Desert, then good news for you today: You can actually play her now, as she’s just gone live as the game’s 18th class and first focused specifically on support and lifeskilling. In other words, she’s perfect for you folks who like to look adorable while healing and fishing and breeding horses. She even rides a donkey!

“The Shai excels at supporting her allies on the battlefield. While she fights enemies using her Florang, a giant boomerang, she supports her allies using a magical ‘Vitclari’. With this magical light, she can provide healing and other beneficial effects in a very versatile way, making her a unique addition that is surely gonna bring a shift in the currently popular PvP and PvE strategies of Black Desert Online.”

Worth noting here is that it looks as if the Shai is going live in the west on PC and console and in SEA simultaneously. Pearl Abyss and Kakao are running multiple launch events for those who jump into the new toon too.

Massively OP’s own Carlo Lacsina posted a detailed hands-on preview of the Shai in last week’s Desert Oasis, so that ought to help you decide whether to roll one if you’re still on the fence.

Source: Press release, official site

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Toy Clown

Rolled up a Shai before work, then plunged right into leveling when I got home. I’m enjoying her playstyle and all the cuteness! Omg.. Even the donkey is cute with black stripes and a fuzzy mane.

I did experience some frustration on my end in that my character looks nothing in-game like it does on creation. In-game she looks a little… I don’t know… like she has huge bags under her eyes and some lighting makes her look blobby. I run on high-end remastered and it’s just bugging me. Next time I play I’ll mess around with faces / settings and see if I can fix the weirdness.

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Natalyia

It’s a common thing in many games that the creation screen isn’t lit the same as the game is – and with something like BDO where the lighting can change considerably, it’s even more true.

I almost always save (or get for loyalties) a 1-day value pack whenever I make a new character in BDO – that lets me meddle with the looks freely until I’m happy with the character in-game.

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Chris Walker

I’ve recently come back to BDO after playing the first 6 months at launch and am really enjoying it. The game still seems vibrant and is actively updated by the devs. It’s also a very deep game, so I’m looking forward to rediscovering its complexity and changes over time.

I don’t plan to play the Shai however because its visuals don’t appeal to me, but I always like when new classes are added to a game and I hope it’s well received (and played) by the community.

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Robert Mann

Spoiler, if you can’t handle the little bit of a crude joke on this don’t click it.

A bit crude
Do you want to look like a child with a big ass? -Black Desert 2019.

At least the little loli thing is dressed decently this go around…

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Arktouros

I had a bit of a cringe at the pajamas but it could have been so much worse…

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Baemir

How come “little loli things” always seem to make men think of sex? Only women appear to see them as cute or endearing.

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Robert Mann

Because there’s a LOT of sexualization of them in Eastern culture…

But it’s not really the sex part that gets me. It’s the “looks like a child” part. Child vs. MMO activities? Yeah, nope! That’s a nope field that makes the creatures of Australia seem tame.

The comment at the end was aimed at certain cultures that seem to do a lot of the sexual part of nope, because at least such a thing is an improvement. I wouldn’t play one, and would want a filter to exclude seeing them to be honest, for other reasons… but I’m actually noting my astonishment that somebody thought beyond putting them in a risque situation for advertising here.

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Utakata

A few things to consider though:

1) Having small child like races does not always imply “sexualization”.

2) Not everyone plays these races for “sexualization” purposes.

3) I’m pretty sure they’re going FF XIV route with this race by making them mostly non-“sexualized”.

4) Can we knock it off with this? This is getting way off-topic as well as all creepy as Hell. Thankx!

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Robert Mann

A few responses:

1. Agreed. In fact, see other short races in gaming as noted below.

2. Agreed, but that doesn’t negate the impact of the culture they come from, and the disgust that arises from the sexualization that is so common in said culture.

3. Yeah, mostly.

4. It’s still a flippin child in a combat centric MMO. EW. THAT is what is creepy as Hell, thanks! Add to that the culture issue. Also, no, we will express our issues with it, and where I will always respect other people’s opinions I reserve the right to disagree. We may disagree.

5. There’s a giant problem with this issue in our world, and it is all too much about the rather nasty practices in a number of cultures. Where there’s also the “It is cute” side, failing to address something so foul out of the acceptable desires of others is not fine.

6. Some of us would like to avoid the over-cute character stuff, and unless we somehow get developers and publishers to listen to the need for different games for different people (and/or filters to deal with preferences like this) that means those of us who find it disruptive and annoying must voice our opinions. It’s the same as every other matter of taste, where there is really no correct answer other than to give people their own allowances as needed. I’m all for games that want to go this route with cute characters that aren’t sexualized provided that they either address the culture issue directly -OR- are specifically made by a studio in a culture that does not have said issue and does not yet provide service to said cultures. However, at the same time the current standard is that they seem to be everywhere, which means that the reverse is the need. When a need exists, people speak out.

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Arktouros

People’s gut reaction is, “They aren’t sexualized, so why are you complaining about them being sexualized, it must be because you see them as sexualized!” However that’s really the low effort conclusion that doesn’t really examine the topic at all.

Like no one looked at Gnomes or Dwarves from WOW and ever brought up these kinds of concerns, so it’s not like people see a short race in a game and immediately jump to conclusions. The source of the game in these cases is very important.

The source, in this case eastern games, have overwhelming number of past examples where they’ve taken a child-like character and sexualized the shit out of it. For every Final Fantasy you have your multiple counter examples like TERA, Revelation Online, etc. This isn’t exactly unprecedented. I wish the Youtube Video set to Oingo Boing’s “Little Girls” prancing around in Revelation Online wasn’t taken down because it illustrates this point so perfectly.

You also have to consider the player base as well. For the last 3 years in the BDO community there’s been nothing but constant insinuation and innuendo towards the tamer character who in the lore is 16 (and supposedly younger in KR). This isn’t a community that’s going to let a child like character get made and not have a fair amount of degenerates that come with it (and I’ve seen Shai character names today I couldn’t post here without being removed). The jokes in the community got so bad in the BDO Xbox official discord they were banning anyone making pedo references to the Shai.

So this is why people complain and make a stink about this. It’s not based on nothing. No it won’t go away. If us bitching even slightly prevents them from doing something like implementing Kibelius for Shai then it’s time well spent.

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Utakata

“However that’s really the low effort conclusion that doesn’t really examine the topic at all. “

…it doesn’t need a lot of effort if it’s all too obvious. Splitting hairs indeed.

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Arktouros

…it doesn’t need a lot of effort if it’s all too obvious. Splitting hairs indeed.

It’s not obvious, at all, for all the reasons provided. Reasons that are easily verifiable and easily fact checked.

I guess you’re too busy obsessing over what I’ve said and referencing other posts I’ve made in other topics to be bothered with things like facts or truth or credibility. Toxicity can be solved indeed.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

They need to have a costume for her that just has a big red bullseye with a huge, animated red arrow over her head pointing down so griefers know who’s ready to be stabbed in the face repeatedly.

There’s nothing player killer trolls like griefing more than anime girl avatars of players that just want enjoy the beauty of the game world.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Any character you’re just looking to use only for lifeskilling, you simply don’t let them cross the PvP threshold.
And griefing doesn’t really happen that much in BDO (at least on PC). There are servers for PvP and severe penalties for PKing on other servers.

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Arktouros

In Black Desert Online the fear is actually quite the opposite.

One of the more commonly accepted ways players handle disputes over grind spots is “duel for spot.” This is because the penalties for PKing are quite harsh and so most PvP players will try to avoid “griefing” each other by subjecting them to the penalties of said system. It’s generally considered griefing to try to take someone else’s spot they’ve been grinding at by just repeatedly dying and feeding them negative karma (IE: Karma bombing). So most of the griefers actually abuse the system because there’s no disadvantages for dying in PvP but huge penalties for killing in PvP which flips the whole concept on it’s head.

However Shai is a PvE class who has basically no PvP damage. The social norm of dueling for spot doesn’t work in that scenario. This presents a pretty amusing scenario where you pretty much end up griefing players by class choice.

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Carlo Lacsina

To circumvent this, the person getting karma bombed might ask their guild to go to war with the offending player’s guild. This’ll eliminate any penalties for PKing players in guilds they’re at war with.

Obviously this is a pretty big escalation, so it’s often used as a last resort.

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Arktouros

Yes and no. In order for a guild to be “ready for war” it has to have participated in a node war or own node war territory, especially if the guild who wants to declare war on you owns territory. So there’s many guilds out there who are ineligible to declare war on.

However beyond this factor there are other ways to sidestep the whole system. For example non-Officer/Leader players in a guild can be placed into protected slots. This gives them the advantages of being in a guild (IE: Fishing buffs) while being immune to war. The only way to kill them is to flag up and lose karma even if your guilds are at war. Most griefers however largely just don’t join a guild at all however which makes declaring war on them entirely impossible.

And, to be clear, I’m not talking about the scenario where someone is grinding and someone comes along and tries to muscle you out of your spot by killing you. That’s the karma system working as intended. I’m specifically referencing the scenario where a player will go into a spot someone is already at and start grinding on top of them knowing that the only thing the other player can do about it is accept reduced gains, leave the area or kill them and risk the penalties of the karma system.

Just one of the many examples where a system designed to protect players from toxic behavior and game play can be turned on it’s head and be used in a toxic manner.

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Utakata

How about a pink one? o.O

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Natalyia

OK, I am only an amateur at pink, but…

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Carlo Lacsina

Wow, she’s totes adorbzzzzz

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Natalyia

I wouldn’t infringe on Utakata’s pink IP. :) Here’s my Shai as she’ll actually be played. And – despite my pre-release reaction? They’re just totally adorable as they mow things down with a giant boomerang. Who’d a thunk it? :)

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Utakata

O.O !!!

….I am in your personal debt. When would you like the pigtails to come over and vacuum and dust your house? <3